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Saraburi has been an important city since ancient times. It is assumed to have been established c.1549 during the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It is assumed that the king had ordered the merging of some parts of Lopburi and Nakhon Nayok together to set up Saraburi Province with the aim of being a centre for mobilising citizenry in times of war. Therefore, from the Ayutthaya period, the story of Saraburi has usually related to battles and wars. As for the origin of the word "Saraburi", it is assumed that due to its location near a swamp called "Bueng Nong Ngong", when the town was established a combination of "sa" (a swamp) and "buri" (a town), it was suggested and the town was named "Saraburi".
From Bangkok, take Hwy 1 or Phahonyothin Rd, past Wang Noi District, Nong Khae District, Hin Kong Sub-district to the intersection of the elevated bridge of Saraburi. Turn left into Mittraphap Rd or go straight on to the centre of Saraburi.
From Bangkok, there are both normal and air conditioned buses of the Transport Co., Ltd. from the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaengphet 2 Rd, several times a day. For more information, contact Tel. +66 2 9362852-66.
From Bangkok's Victory Monument, a minibus going to Saraburi costs 100 baht. It stops at Saraburi's train station.
There are daily trains from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong) to Saraburi, several times a day. Trains from/to Bangkok's main Hualamphong Train Station station take about 2-2.5 hours. Some trains stop at Kaeng Khoi Station and Muak Lek Station. For more information, contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, +66 2 2204334, +66 2 2204444 (ticket reservations can be made by telephone 3 days in advance, but not exceeding 60 days).
From mid-Nov-end-Feb (Thailand's "winter"), a remarkable show of sunflowers can be seen in Tha Mowang.
28 km north of Saraburi's downtown district is Wat Phra Buddhabat (วัดพระพุทธบาท). Wat Phra Buddhabat is one of six royal temples in the country called Ratchavoramahavihan (ราชวรมหาวิหาร), which means it is in the uppermost echelon of Thai temples.
- Nam Tok Jet Sao Noi (7 Girls Waterfall).
- Nam Tok Sam Lan. There are some nice easy circuit hikes near this 3-level waterfall.
On Saturdays and Sundays, a trustworthy Thai rice wine called "sato" can be purchased from roadside vendors in Nong Kae.
|Routes through Saraburi|
|Nakhon Ratchasima ←||N S||→ Ayutthaya → Bangkok|
|Chiang Rai ← Lopburi ←||N S||→ Bang Pa-In → Bangkok|
|Nong Khai ← Nakhon Ratchasima ←||N S||→ END|